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World Languages and Cultures - Academic Bowl


Each year, the Department of World Languages and Cultures hosts an Academic Bowl for local high schools.

Students participate in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish competitions.

2024 Academic Bowl Information

Join us in-person for a day of German, French, Japanese, and Spanish language competition!

The 2024 World Language and Cultures Academic Bowl will include a grammar/culture competition and a video competition for German, French, Japanese, and Spanish languages!

The event will take place in Carter Hall (in University Center West) Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Teams will answer questions on grammar and culture. As in previous years, grammar questions will cover material through the intermediate level in each language. This year, the culture questions will focus on a theme.

  • French questions will be focused on the Republic of the Congo.
  • German questions will be focused on Sports of the Germanophone world.
  • Japanese questions will be focused on Japanese food.
  • Spanish questions will be focused on the cultures of the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru).

Themes for the videos are listed below.

  • French Video: Students will prepare a creative, engaging, and well-researched video presenting scientific and/or technological advances made by Francophone scientists.
  • German Video: Students will prepare a creative, engaging, and well-researched video providing instructions for playing a sport (real or imaginary) connected with the Germanophone world.
  • Japanese Video: Students will prepare a creative, engaging, and well-researched video of Japanese pop culture.
  • Spanish Video: Students will prepare a creative, engaging, and well-researched video on an Andean trip that includes stops in at least two countries.

Please direct questions regarding the Academic Language Bowl to Bryan Faw (bcfaw@usi.edu) or A. David Hitchcock (dhitchcoc@usi.edu).